Gate to Great Geldings is a division of Horse Creek Thoroughbreds, located near the Black Hills of South Dakota. Home of several of the top sires of racing Thoroughbreds in South Dakota for over two decades, the ranch is now primarily home to the "Great Geldings" that are in training in our unique program for off-track Thoroughbred racehorses.
Under the program name of "Gate to Great Geldings", we provide a rehabilitation process that gives Thoroughbred geldings a chance to recover from the rigors of a racing career and time to develop new skills outside the racetrack environment. Relying on our experience using Thoroughbreds for ranch work, we expose former racehorses to tasks necessary for success in new vocations, be it on the range or in the arena.
Our unique training program takes Thoroughbreds off the track and introduces them, at their own pace, to the ranching lifestyle. They learn to negotiate rough, open terrain; work cattle, rope and deal with traffic, dogs, busy work areas and more. We don't consider a horse "finished" until they have passed all these tests and more.
Unlike many facilities that have an army of grooms, working students and stall muckers to make it all happen, we just have the two of us. Our combined eight decades of working with Thoroughbreds on and off the track, in multiple disciplines, allows us to evaluate, rehabilitate and retrain in a way that brings out the best in each horse. Learn more about us HERE.
We like to say that most of our life stories start with the words "It all started with a horse deal..." and those stories have added up over the years. We enjoy sharing those stories with our fans and hope that you can learn from our successes (and mistakes)! Learn more HERE.
We answer your questions about retraining Thoroughbreds for off-track careers and share the stories of the horses on the ranch.
Gate to Great Geldings
A Division of Horse Creek Thoroughbreds
Newell, SD 57760